Hot, dry desert where rain is rare. Cold offshore air currents produce fog and heavy dew. Typically the climate gets hotter and drier the further south you go in the Sahara and travellers to the southern desert areas should prepare for cold nights, particularly in December and January. The winter in the south is dry and bitterly cold. Sunshine hours build up throughout the year from around 5 hours a day in January to 11 hours a day in July, falling back to 5 hours a day in December.
August is traditionally the month that locals take their main annual holidays – coastal resorts are literally heaving during this period and accommodation can be scarce unless you book early – particularly as there are so few hotels available in the region.
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